Parrots (Psittacidae)

Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) - HBW 4, p. 413

French: Perroquet jaco German: Graupapagei Spanish: Loro Yaco
Other common names: African Grey Parrot

Taxonomy: Psittacus erithacus Linnaeus, 1758, Ghana.
Race timneh may be separate species, with very little interbreeding and fairly distinctive voice. Proposed race princeps, from Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea, is not distinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • timneh Fraser, 1844 - Sierra Leone to Ivory Coast (at least 70 km E of R Bandama), with isolated populations in Guinea-Bissau and S Mali.
  • erithacus Linnaeus, 1758 - Ivory Coast E to W Kenya and NW Tanzania and S to SC Zaire and Cabinda, including Príncipe and (probably introduced) São Tomé.